Third-eye chakra: seeing with the mind of G*d

September 13, 2008

in Chakras


If you already have a well-tuned sixth chakra, you might as well close this window because you already know what I’m going to say. That’s a little joke. Ha ha.

Need catching up? Visit any of these previous entries in The Rainbow Within Chakra Series

1st: Root chakra
2nd: Sacral chakra
3rd: Solar plexus chakra
4th: Heart chakra
5th: Throat chakra
6th: Third-eye chakra
7th: Crown chakra

I love this painting, don’t you? The color is so rich. There’s an ethereal quality of floating over the earth (the material) and of also being immaterial. The head lifted from the physical body to the heavens signifies, to me, the meeting of our mental body with the Divine mind. I am taken in by the imagery.
If you’ve ever found yourself staring at someone’s unibrow (or your own), you’re also looking in the area of the sixth chakra. Odd to think of a unibrow looking back at you.


Do any of these apply to you?

  • I fill my time with busy-ness and prefer it to stillness.
  • I have beliefs that no longer work for me and I’d like to let go of them, but I don’t know how.
  • I don’t really rely on my intuition. If I even have any.
  • I am afraid of change.

The Third Eye Chakra is the home of intuition, insight, wisdom, clairvoyance, truth, imagination, and the ability to visualize. Its Sanskrit word is ajna, meaning to perceive or to command. This energy wheel influences the brain and nervous system, the eyes, ears and nose, and the pineal and pituitary glands.

Here are some indications that you’ve got an imbalance in your Third Eye Chakra.

Emotional and mental:


  • Feelings of inadequacy
  • Closed to new ideas, and ideas by others
  • Difficulty with emotional intelligence
  • Inability to learn from experience (like Benjamin Franklin’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results).
  • Physical symptoms associated with imbalance:

  • Brain tumor or stroke
  • Neurological imbalances
  • Blindness or deafness
  • Spinal difficulties
  • Learning disabilities
  • The color is indigo. Like a velvety dark sky after dusk and before the deepest dark of the night. (It’s said that “indigo children” are born with wide open 6th chakras.)
    The seed sound is “OM.” You know, the sound New Agers take a lot of teasing about. Om is a good chanting phoneme for opening and activating your Third Eye Chakra.
    The verb is “I see.”
    The associated endocrine gland is the pituitary.
    The Third Eye Chakra has to do with releasing perceptions that aren’t true and seeing what is True and timeless.

    Christian Sacrament: Ordination. To receive the grace to make sacred your path of service. Buddhists call this “Right Livelihood.”
    Jewish Sefirot: Binah, and Hokhmah. The duality of the feminine and masculine energies of G*d. Binah is the energy of the Divine mother, symbolizing compassion. Hokhmah is the energy of wisdom (the Divine masculine), symbolizing the contact point between the Divine mind and personal thoughts.
    Healing thought: Seek only Truth.

    Clairvoyance. Clairaudience. Clairsentience. Seeing Truth. Hearing one’s inner voice (which is, in fact, Divine). Knowing with certainty.


    To what degree do you experience these?

    I exercise clairsentience in small things. Like which route to take home. The timing to pitch an article idea to an editor. Where my car keys are.

    And this inner knowing has also been there for me in the bigger things. There was the time I heeded the voice when it told me to accompany a friend to a comedy improv show. That night I was captivated by this blue-eyed, intelligently humored performer, whom I asked to meet and who now is called “Daddy” by my children. There was the time I trusted my voice, going against “common sense,” when it said I’d be better off if I quit my job in academia. I did, and we’re somehow not destitute. I followed this guidance in choosing our adoption agency, the necessary route to our two children. And often I can see what blocks my clients in their quest to adopt a child.

    But much of the time I don’t stop and listen. I don’t always notice my inner vision, and I don’t make room for that knowing.

    Why? It takes time. It takes space, and it takes stillness. DOing is easy, but BEing, not so much. And it’s during the BEing that the Divine mind can reach us.

    So here are some ways to clear and activate your Third Eye Chakra.

    • Meditate. Even 5 minutes is beneficial.
    • Practice yoga. This helps you get into your body (and out of your head) for a time, and be present with your breathing.
    • The more you follow your guidance, the more you’ll get guidance. So begin following it in the small things (whether to go straight or turn right), then the bigger things (what to do about your career or your “quest,” whatever that may be).
    • Practice freewrite journaling.
    • Walk a labyrinth.
    • Just before going to sleep, focus on the internal space between your eyes. See what images appear, what thoughts come up.
    • Ask G*d/the Divine/the Universe to give you guidance. Simply asking opens the channel.
    • Whatever your problems are, depersonalize them. In other words, see them as opportunities for you to become whole rather than as punishment, karma, injustice, justice, or bad luck.
    • With intention (“I intend to clear my third eye”), grab at the space in front of your forehead as if you were clearing a cobweb. Maybe, metaphorically, you are.

    It’s late now, and I’m off to get some shut-eye. Hopefully, a triple dose (another little joke. haha.)

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    This post researched, in part,
    from Anatomy of the Spirit , by Caroline Myss, PhD.

    The paintings for this series were created by Lisa Brown-Olsen. Her work is featured at Green Mountain Yoga. Check out GMY’s online store, where you can also find chakra balancing jewelry by Mindy Arbuckle, owner of Green Mountain Yoga.

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    { 8 comments… read them below or add one }

    Wordgirl April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

    I love the chakra series Lori!I feel that I am much more balanced when I listen to that inner voice, that intuition. Thank you for the beautiful thoughts and images to fill my mind tonight.XOPam

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    mary elizabeth April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

    my you were up late last night! very cool post-once again. you are a chakra guru!

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    Lollipop Goldstein April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

    This one resonates the most for me. I do have a strong sense of foreknowledge–it doesn’t come often, but when the feeling comes, it has always been right. And certainly, the emotional stuff has been…um…tied to difficulty with change lately.

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    Wordgirl April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

    I love the chakra series Lori!I feel that I am much more balanced when I listen to that inner voice, that intuition. Thank you for the beautiful thoughts and images to fill my mind tonight.XOPam

    Reply

    mary elizabeth April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

    my you were up late last night! very cool post-once again. you are a chakra guru!

    Reply

    Lollipop Goldstein April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

    This one resonates the most for me. I do have a strong sense of foreknowledge–it doesn’t come often, but when the feeling comes, it has always been right. And certainly, the emotional stuff has been…um…tied to difficulty with change lately.

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    MizFit April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

    very cool.I just found your blog and am just finding my ‘openness’ to all of this as well.off to explore.Miz.

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    MizFit April 7, 2010 at 12:28 am

    very cool.I just found your blog and am just finding my ‘openness’ to all of this as well.off to explore.Miz.

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